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Motivational Monday: The Art of Translating What Needs No Translation

Posted by Tammi L. Coles on Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Last year, an article started circulating among translation and language circles about words that defy simple English translation. It included words like the German term schadenfreude, an idea that enjoys so much play in U.S. news reporting that it stands tall, untranslatable, on its own two feet.

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Motivational Monday: Lessons from the Time We Lost Our Way

Posted by Tammi L. Coles on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Just as the mind functions best after a good night's sleep, we workers need to make time for the reboot, whether that's a holiday weekend or an extended vacation. So out of town we went for what promised to be a day of nothing but self-indulgence, but we managed to get lost in the middle of an entertainment park.

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Motivational Monday: Leaders Are Born That Way? Not So Fast ...

Posted by Tammi L. Coles on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

In a blog published last week in the Harvard Business Reviews Blog Network, Dr. Connson Chou Locke, a leadership researcher and assistant professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, says to readers that it's time that we stop asking the question of whether leaders are born or nurtured into their roles. While scientists point to characteristics and HR professionals point to training, both fail to understand complexity and context in the leadership picture:

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Motivational Monday: Personal Engine Optimization

Posted by Tammi L. Coles on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

As you regular readers of Moravia Blog know, there's a lot of interest among global brands in optimizing their websites so that consumers can discover their products and services among the incalculable brand marking sites worldwide. (If you haven't already signed up for our upcoming webinar, hey, consider this a nudge to do so.) Marketing ourselves – self promotion in work and personal relationships – also requires a bit of optimization. But how, exactly, should we approach our own Personal Engine Optimization?

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Motivational Monday: 3 Keys to Achieving Your Goals

Posted by Tammi L. Coles on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

After a surprisingly brief and mild winter, Berlin is enjoying its first days of spring. Berliners practically worship the season. Just yesterday, for example, the city's Görlitzer Park was filled with hundreds of people — my friends and I among them — who eagerly shed their coats and cares to lounge on cafe benches and on the lawn to sip on drinks and soak up the sun.

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Motivational Monday: Brainstorming for One

Posted by Tammi L. Coles on Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Occasionally, there comes a time when it is important to open up the your mind to the seemingly far-fetched. To welcome in possibility. To place aside doubt. In organizations large and small this time is usually attached to a brainstorming session. I can almost hear the collective groan. Come on, does brainstorming even work?

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Motivational Monday: Disciplinary Action

Posted by Tammi L. Coles on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 @ 07:15 PM

When I was 13, I joined the U.S. Air Force. Sort of. Kind of. That is, my U.S. high school was one of those schools that had what's called JROTC, or Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Because my home region in southern Virginia has a large military presence — naval shipyard, air force base, army training camps, and a whole host of others — many of my fellow classmates had family that was either in the military or working in related construction contracting.

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Motivational Monday: The Persistence Payoff

Posted by Tammi L. Coles on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 @ 09:45 PM

Seeing The Matrix at The Uptown in Washington, D.C. on its opening night in March 1999 is one of my most treasured memories. A self-proclaimed sci-fi junkie, I had gathered up a sizable number of friends, badgered everyone to get into the waiting line as early as possible, and hustled us all into the theater and up the stairs to prime seats in the second floor's balcony section. We were breathless from the effort and the anticipation. Thankfully — as record-breaking sales, critical awards, and countless numbers of knockoffs tributes went on to show — the film was more than worth it.

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Motivational Monday: Take the Right Train!

Posted by Tammi L. Coles on Mon, Feb 03, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

My partner and I boarded the train on our way to Berlin main station. I was on my way home. He was on his way to his next client. He travels a lot for business, unlike desk-jockey me, so before taking my seat I asked him if he had a seat preference. I wanted to know: was he one of those who wanted to always sit facing forward, looking ahead to all that was approaching, or was he one of those who took whatever seat was readily available?

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Motivational Monday: Trying to learn German is a joke ...

Posted by Tammi L. Coles on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

... at least according to those who keep laughing at how "cute" my German is.

As you know from my previous posts, I am studying German. Perhaps “studying” is an overstatement — an expression of where I want to be rather than where I am or a minor linguistic exaggeration that I use to keep myself motivated.

A lot is said in the self-help books on the importance of goal setting. Whether you set short-, intermediate-, or long-term goals, says the popular wisdom, it’s at least important to have goals at all.

Mine? To keep going.

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